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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Emmaus Rotary honors two outstanding women

The Emmaus Rotary Club once again celebrated International Women’s Day at its March 5 meeting by honoring Jill Long with the Rotarian Award and Corrine Goodwin with the Community Award.

Rotarian Alicia Ruiz-Orbin is the chair of the International Women’s Day Celebration for the Emmaus Rotary Club.

Ruiz-Orbin provided a history of women in Rotary saying, “Female members were not admitted until 1989, when the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary Club membership was for males only.


Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Resident describes dangerous stretch of road on Kings Highway

Resident Jim Hieter described what he called a dangerous stretch of state-owned Kings Highway (Route 29/100) at the Feb. 20 Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting. He said the road between United Church of Christ and the entrance to Lenape Park was the dangerous part he was concerned with.

According to Hieter, a dip or small valley creates a blind spot that makes it dangerous for anyone parked along the road especially when getting in or out of their car.

Pa. proactive about coronavirus

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Pennsylvania currently has no confirmed cases of a new coronavirus first recorded in China, but the state is taking steps to be prepared if it does.

The state’s top health official held a press conference Feb. 26 to discuss the steps being taken by the Department of Health to prepare for the possibility of the virus, officially known as “COVID-19,” spreading here.

Dr. Rachel Levine assured reporters her department will be ready if the outbreak reaches the Keystone State.

Emmaus first responders honored at award ceremony

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Emmaus Emergency Services Director and Fire Chief John Price, recognized Emmaus fire and ambulance first responders at the first annual emergency services recognition banquet Feb. 22 at the Emmaus Fire Company #1 social hall at South Sixth and Broad streets, Emmaus.

Jason Jesmain was named 2019 firefighter of the year.

Bryan Nelson was named 2019 paramedic of the year for the Emmaus Ambulance Corps.

Rebeckah Waterman was recognized as EMT of the year.


Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

FEMA will re-evaluate data models for flood risk project

During the Feb. 20 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, approval was noted for six volunteers approved for the volunteer service earned income program. Those applicants are: William Henry, Donald Hoffman II, Scott Lichtenwalner, Gabriel McNabb, Scott Nigro and Nicholas Wassa.

Protecting your family from COVID-19

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The World Health Organization offers some answers to some common questions about COVID-19, the latest coronavirus.

Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?


Thursday, March 5, 2020 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Old Rodale office building to become town houses

Emmaus Borough Council voted to pass a resolution conditionally approving the preliminary/final land development plan for more town houses at the March 2 council meeting.

Wesley Barrett, former Emmaus councilman and owner of Wesley Works, is proposing a new development called Parkside at North Street.

This proposed development will consolidate three lots into one and then re-subdivide the same lot to create 22 town house units in blocks of three or four. The 23rd lot will be a four unit apartment building.

Whitehall resident addresses firing of county 911 personnel

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room Dec. 31, 2019.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.